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Indian boxer passes away

Aizawl: T. Zoramthanga, the only Indian to win a medal in World Cup boxing championships, died this morning at Lunglei Civil Hospital due to hypertension, hospital sources said.

Zoramthanga, 41, became the toast of the nation when he won the bronze medal at the Mumbai World Cup in 1990. Beginning his career in 1985, the Mizo won a gold medal at the Mizoram-Myanmar Border Champhai meet in the same year.

For the next seven years, he went on to win laurels in several national and international championships.

Honour for Ellen

London: Ellen MacArthur will be awarded a damehood, the female equivalent of a knighthood, for breaking the solo round-the-world sailing record, the British government said.

The cabinet office said on Tuesday that the 28-year-old was the youngest person, man or woman, to receive the highest royal honour. Prime Minister Tony Blair's office said Queen Elizabeth II approved the damehood for MacArthur, who completed the 42,000-km circumnavigation on Monday night.

Mauresmo seeks Noah's help

Paris: Amelie Mauresmo is to seek the help of former French Open champion Yannick Noah in her bid for an elusive Grand Slam title. The former world No. 1, who has never won a Grand Slam, announced on her web site that she hopes Noah will help her overcome her big-match nerves.

'Yannick Noah will help her to overcome her mental block in big matches, so she can one day win a Grand Slam,' a statement said on her web site. 'Roland Garros will be the first big objective of this new duo.'

Fournier is PSG coach

Paris: Former player Laurent Fournier has replace sacked Vahid Halilhodzic as manager of Paris St Germain, the Ligue 1 club's president Francis Graille said on Wednesday.

Fournier took charge at Wednesday's training session ahead of a French Cup second round clash against Girondins Bordeaux on Sunday.

Greens vandalised

Wellington: The 88th New Zealand Open will go ahead as planned on Thursday despite three greens being vandalised on the eve of the meet.

Peter Wall, a spokesman, released a statement saying that holes had been dug in three greens and one of the greens had been written on.

'It's very disappointing but our greens staff have repaired the damage and it won't have any effect on the tournament,' Wall said.

Soccer, Asian World Cup Qualifers Bahrain vs Iran, from 2pm on Star Sports
. Hockey, Premier League: live from 7.30pm on Star Sports
. Soccer friendly : Brazil vs Hong Kong, from 7.30pm on Ten Sports.
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